|#15/15 Baylor (7-1) vs. San Diego (2-8)
Dec. 22, 2010 | 4 p.m. CST (Noon HST)
Honolulu, Hawai`i | Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
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GAME CENTER: GAME 9 (Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic)
Date: Wed., Dec. 22, 2010
Tip-Off: 4 p.m. CST (Noon HST)
Location: Honolulu, Hawai`i
Arena: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Talent: Jon Sciambi (pxp), Mark Gottfried (analyst)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Radio Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco), KHLE 106.9 FM (Killeen); Sirius (Ch. 91)
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Series (Overall): First Meeting
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: None
In-Game Blog: None
After suffering its first loss of the season, Baylor looks to rebound against the San Diego Toreros in the opening game of the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawai`i.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic marks the third consecutive season Baylor has competed in an ESPN-owned tournament; Baylor played in the 2008 76 Classic and 2009 Old Spice Classic.
For the third time in the last 11 games, Baylor will face a West Coast Conference member on a neutral court -- Saint Mary's in 2010 (Sweet 16, Houston) and Dec. 18 vs. Gonzaga (Dallas).
Baylor ranks second nationally in scoring defense (53.9 points per game). § Baylor is 42-11 in its last 53 games dating back to its 2009 postseason run.
Since 2003-04, Baylor is 67-20 against non-conference competition in the Scott Drew era.
BU has made at least one 3FG in 596 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
A.J. Walton ranks 26th nationally in steals and 40th in assists.
Perry Jones III has scored in double figures in 7 of his first 8 games to start his career.
LaceDarius Dunn, who has a school-record 321 career 3FGM, has made a 3FG in 22 consecutive games.
Dunn has scored 20+ points in nine of his last 12 games.
Dunn ranks third all-time in school history -- and 11th on the Big 12's career list -- with 1,848 career points.
Junior F Quincy Acy has four double-doubles through the first eight games of the season.
Acy ranks 9th on Baylor's career list with 74 blocked shots.
BAYLOR'S HAWAIIAN HISTORY
The 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic marks the fifth time Baylor basketball will play in the nation's 50th state, Hawai`i. Baylor is 3-8 all-time in Hawai`i and will be making its first visit since 2003-04 when the Bears went 1-2 at the Surf `N Slam-Hawai`i in Laie.
ANOTHER DATE WITH THE WEST COAST (CONFERENCE)
For the first third time in the last 11 games, Baylor will face a representative from the West Coast Conference on a neutral floor. Baylor, which is 5-6 all-time against the WCC, enters Wednesday's game fresh off a 68-64 loss in Dallas to 14-time WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga on Dec. 18.
In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Baylor routed West Coast Conference tournament champion and upset-minded Saint Mary's, 72-49, in the Sweet 16 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Baylor is 22-6 vs. first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era.
Baylor has won nine straight such meetings in the regular season and is 10-1 in its last 10 games against first-time opponents. Baylor's last loss to a first-time opponent was a 78-71 setback to eventual national champion Duke in the 2010 Elite Eight in Houston.
This season, the Bears have knocked off Lipscomb, 72-60, and Bethune-Cookman, 83-39.
CONTINUING THE ESPN-OWNED TOURNAMENT CIRCUIT TOUR
For the third consecutive season, Baylor will compete in an ESPN-owned tournament when it participates in the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Baylor is 4-2 in its previous two ESPN events, finishing second at the 2008 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.) and fifth at the 2009 Old Spice Classic (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.).
Baylor, which is 4-2 all-time in ESPN-owned events, will play in the 2011 Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.
BAYLOR VS. THE DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC FIELD
Baylor is a combined 2-10 against the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, including a combined 1-4 mark against first-round opponent San Diego (0-0) and possible second-round opponents Mississippi State (0-2) and Washington State (1-2). Baylor is 0-2 all-time vs. Florida State, 0-3 vs. Utah and 1-1 vs. Hawai`i.
Baylor could face a second first-time opponent in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic -- 2010 NCAA Division I runner-up Butler, which is the alma mater of Baylor head coach Scott Drew.
19 GRADUATES IN THE Scott Drew ERA
With the graduation of junior Fred Ellis during Baylor's 2010 Winter Commencement exercises, eighth-year head coach Scott Drew has graduated 19 current or former players during his tenure at Baylor. Ellis, who is the first to graduate college in his family, will enroll in graduate school in January.
Ellis joins a long list of former players who have earned their Baylor degrees under Drew's watch, including: Matt Sayman (2004), Robbie McKenzie (2004), Ryan Pryor (2005), Tommy Swanson (2006), Kevis Shipman (2006); Tim Bush (2007), Patrick Fields (2007), Richard Hurd (2008), Mark Shepherd (2008), Mamadou Diene (2008), Kevin Rogers (2009), Curtis Jerrells (2009), Henry Dugat (2009), Delbert Simpson (2009), David Wesley (2009), Tweety Carter (2010), Josh Lomers (2010) and Aaron Bruce (2010). § Drew has graduated all 17 seniors on his rosters at Baylor. Senior G LaceDarius Dunn and All-Centennial Team member Terry Black are on pace to graduate in May 2011.
WALTON NOMINATED FOR 2011 BOB COUSY AWARD
Sophomore G A.J. Walton is one of 66 players nominated for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball's top point guard.
The original list of candidates will be narrowed down over the next three months. A screening committee appointed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., will be narrowing down the candidates from 20, to 10, and then to five prior to a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee evaluating the final five candidates -- and ultimately choosing the winner. Both committees consist of the top college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches and CoSIDA Hall of Fame members.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
Baylor is 21-1 in its last 22 games in the month of December after its 21-game win streak was snapped by Gonzaga, 68-64, on Dec. 18. Baylor's loss to Gonzaga was its first in the month of December since Dec. 16, 2006, when it lost at No. 23 Syracuse, 94-71.
17 of Baylor's 20 consecutive December wins have been by double figures.
Baylor is 30-10 all-time in the month of December in the Scott Drew era.
THE LAST 53
Since the end of the 2008-09 regular season, Baylor is 42-11 in its last 53 games (.792 winning percentage). Prior to its current run, Baylor was 30-23 in its previous 53 games (.566).
Baylor is 23-1 at home in its last 53 games, 35-2 when holding opponents under 70, 13-0 when holding opponents under 60 and 8-0 when holding opponents under 50.
Baylor has won 28 of its last 42 games by 10 or more points (+16.8 average scoring margin in 42 wins).
Senior G LaceDarius Dunn has scored 975 of his 1,848 career points during Baylor's current run.
NOT DUNN YET -- TRIPLE STREAK CONTINUES
Senior LaceDarius Dunn has made a 3-point field goal in 22 consecutive games -- tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. Dunn is seven games shy of tying Tevis Stukes' school-record 29-game streak.
Dunn owns the second-longest consecutive games streak in Baylor history. Dunn made a 3-point field goal in 28 consecutive games over the span of two seasons -- March 1, 2008-Feb. 7, 2009.
Dunn, the single-season and career 3-point record holder at Baylor, has made a 3-point field goal in 104 of his 111 career games.
LOOKING FOR MORE THREE-POINT RECORDS
LaceDarius Dunn has made a Baylor-record 321 career 3FG and is the only player in program history to make 300+ 3FG. Dunn ranks fourth all-time in Big 12 history in 3FG and is one of only four players with 300+ 3FG, joining Missouri's Clarence Gilbert (332), Kansas' Jeff Boschee (338) and Texas' A.J. Abrams (389).
Dunn needs 69 treys to become the Big 12's career leader.
DUNN'S SIGHTS SET ON BAYLOR, BIG 12 SCORING RECORDS
With his 24 points Dec. 15 vs. Bethune-Cookman, senior G LaceDarius Dunn passed former teammate Curtis Jerrells (1,820) for third on Baylor's all-time scoring list; Dun ncurrently has with 1,848 career points. Dunn now needs 342 points to surpass Terry Teagle (2,189) as Baylor's all-time leading scorer. Dunn is six points shy of tying Micheal Williams (1,854) for second on the school's all-time scoring list.
Dunn, who ranks 11th all-time on the Big 12's career scoring list, needs 409 points to surpass Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (2,256) as the Big 12's career scoring leader.